Notes after the international film festival "The Northern Character"
The festival "The Northern Character" was held in Murmansk for the seventh time. This year there were announced more than hundred works of journalists and documentary filmmakers from Russia, Abkhazia, Norway, Sweden, France, Finland, Canada and Greece in seven categories, including "documentary", "essay", "TV show", "short fiction".
In February 2015 after two years, the Norwegian Kirkenes will again meet the grand festival Barents Spectacle. The Barents Secretariat invites a group of 10 Russian journalists to arrive in Kirkenes from 4 to 8 February 2015.
€4 million to democracy and human rights
The Swedish Government grants 37 million SEK (€4 million) to support democratic movements, media, organizations and human rights work in Northwest Russia.
In addition to the Russian part of the Barents Region, the grant can be used in Leningrad, Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg, Novgorod and Pskov regions.
The Swedish Government writes in its decision that the grant shall be spent on projects that increase the citizens’ influence and participation in democratic processes.
Also, the grant can be used on projects supporting gender equality and independent media.
The allocation of funding is a part of Sweden’s strategy for supporting democracy and human rights in Russia for the period 2010 to 2013 handled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Thomas Nilsen, BarentsObserver.com